Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
4 days ago

Buchholz mopped up Thursday night's 13-2 win over the Twins, allowing a hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

This was Buchholz's first appearance since July 2, a glaring sign that there isn't an established role for the former starter in the bullpen. Going forward, there could be a spot start for Buchholz, but once the injured relief arms of Craig Kimbrel (knee), Junichi Tazawa (shoulder) and Koji Uehara (pectoral) return, there will be little room for him. And we didn't even mention the potential return of Joe Kelly, who is transitioning into a reliever at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
1 week ago

Buchholz will work out of the bullpen for the time being, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Red Sox are giving Eduardo Rodriguez a shot in the rotation Saturday after previously sending him down before the break, which directly impacts Buchholz's standing in the rotation. Buchholz will work out of the bullpen for now, but the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports that Rodriguez may not have a long leash with the coaching staff. With that, Buchholz could be back as a starter in the not-too-distant future if Rodriguez can't right the ship.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
2 weeks ago

Buchholz is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the starting rotation after the All-Star break, WEEI's Ryan Hannable reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite his disastrous results this season, Buchholz may be needed shortly after the All-Star break, as the Red Sox don't have a scheduled off day between July 19 and August 7. The team could just stick with four starters for the first turn through the rotation after the break, but they'll need a fifth starter by July 23, and there isn't an obvious alternative waiting in the minors or bullpen. Buchholz has yet to make an appearance since being moved from the rotation to the bullpen at the beginning of July. The Red Sox may just keep him in the bullpen if they acquire a starter within the next couple weeks.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
3 weeks ago

Buchholz, who will pitch out of the bullpen this weekend, may not be a permanent member of Boston's bullpen, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Red Sox can get by with four starters until July 23, when they will need a fifth starter for that day -- either Buchholz or an alternative -- and the next three turns through the rotation. We don't expect Boston to fall out of playoff contention, so an acquisition is a real possibility. Within the organization, the options aren't promising, given the year-to-date performances of Buchholz, Henry Owens and Roenis Elias.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
3 weeks ago

Buchholz has been moved to the Red Sox's bullpen as of Monday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

After Saturday's nod in which he gave up six runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings against the Angels, it's no surprise that Buchholz finds himself in the bullpen for the second time this season. In his stead, Sean O'Sullivan will enter the rotation and take the mound Friday versus the Rays.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
3 weeks ago

Buchholz allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out one over 4.1 innings in Boston's embarrassing 21-2 loss to the Angles on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Once again, Buchholz was tagged for early runs, giving up a two-run homer in the first inning to Albert Pujols -- Buchholz has a 10.83 ERA in the first inning this season. Homers also remain a problem; the two he gave up Saturday leave him with 17 homers allowed in just 80.2 innings. Since pitching his way back into the starting rotation, Buchholz has a 6.17 ERA. Manager John Farrell has not committed to Buchholz making his next start, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
4 weeks ago

Buchholz, who is 3-8 with a 5.90 ERA, will make his next start, which is expected to be Saturday at home against the Angels, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Only three of the 61 starters in the American League that have pitched at least 60 innings have a worse ERA than Buchholz, which illustrates the state of Boston's starting rotation. Manager John Farrell has limited options at the moment, particularly after Eduardo Rodriguez was demoted following his performance Monday (nine runs, 2.2 innings). So, Buchholz survives to make another start.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
1 month ago

Boston manager John Farrell has not committed to Buchholz making his next start, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. When asked following Sunday's game, Farrell said, "I haven't had a chance to look at what other options are available and what we would do in addition."

EDGE Analysis

Unless president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski pulls of a trade, Farrell's options are limited. Three of the starters at Triple-A have already had opportunities and failed in their cameos. The most likely Triple-A option, Henry Owens, authored another command-challenged outing Sunday and does not appear ready to help a contending team. The one pitcher of intrigue is independent-league signee Aaron Wilkerson (3-1, 2.12 ERA in six starts), but he'll need to be added to the 40-man roster. With Dombrowski telling Christopher Smith of Mass Live that the trade market has been slow to develop, it would appear that Buchholz will be getting at least one more start this coming Saturday against the Angels.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
1 month ago

Buchholz (3-8) allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and five walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings to take the loss Sunday at the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Buchholz gave up three runs in the first inning, and held the Rangers scoreless until allowing a two-run homer to Prince Fielder in the sixth inning to force him from the game. In his two starts since returning to the starting rotation, he's allowed seven earned runs in 10.1 innings of work, and his ERA is at 5.90. He'll make his next start Saturday against the Angels.

Clay Buchholz
SP BOS
1 month ago

Buchholz will remain in the rotation, manager John Farrell confirmed after Tuesday's game against the White Sox Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Buchholz had a shaky start to the game, giving up a first-pitch homer followed by a first-pitch double to the first two men he faced, as the Red Sox fell behind, 2-0, early. He allowed two homers on the night, leaving him with 14 long balls allowed in 11 starts. But there were positives to take away. Buchholz retired 11 of the final 12 batters faced, and his changeup was working for him once again -- four strikeouts on the change, plus it elicited seven swings and misses. He was limited to five innings (78 pitches) Tuesday because he was on a pitch count of roughly 80 after spending the last three weeks in the bullpen. He should be available to go longer his next time out Sunday in Texas.